Right wingers offer bribes to dispute global warming

An ultra-conservative Washington think tank with direct ties to the Bush Administration is offering a $10,000 bribe to any scientist or economist who will dispute a global warming report released today by the United Nation’s top scientific panel.

Reports the French News Agency, AFP:

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI), which receives funding from oil giant ExxonMobil, sent letters to scientists in the United States, Britain and elsewhere offering the payments in exchange for articles emphasising the shortcoming of the UN’s report.

AEI also reportedly offered additional payments, and to reimburse travel expenses.

The report, due to be released Friday in Paris by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), is likely to give a bleak assessment of the damage to the future of the environment.

The report released in Paris today blames global warming on man-made causes.

Reports The Associated Press:

Scientists from 113 countries issued a landmark report Friday saying they have little doubt global warming is caused by man, and predicting that hotter temperatures and rises in sea level will “continue for centuries” no matter how much humans control their pollution.

A top U.S. government scientist, Susan Solomon, said “there can be no question that the increase in greenhouse gases are dominated by human activities.”

Environmental campaigners urged the United States and other industrial nations to significantly cut their emissions of greenhouse gases in response to the long-awaited report by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

“It is critical that we look at this report … as a moment where the focus of attention will shift from whether climate change is linked to human activity, whether the science is sufficient, to what on earth are we going to do about it,” said Achim Steiner, the executive director of the U.N. Environment Program.

“The public should not sit back and say ‘There’s nothing we can do’,” Steiner said. “Anyone who would continue to risk inaction on the basis of the evidence presented here will one day in the history books be considered irresponsible.”

The 21-page report represents the most authoritative science on global warming as the panel comprises hundreds of scientists and representatives. It only addresses how and why the planet is warming, not what to do about it. Another report by the panel later this year will address the most effective measures for slowing global warming.


  1. Jon Howland

    What bothers me is the constant blog about a report, that isn’t here. You want me to comment on someone’s response to the report? Thats stupid, typical, leftist journalism (read NOT News Reporting). I want to see the report (with references). Then, I’ll comment. The rest is just childish posturing (typical journalism). You want to know if I question the 21 page 113 scientist report? Yes, I do. If I can read the 21 page report, reproduce the experiments, and get similar (within reason)results, then I’ll beleive the report. Anything less is tantamount to most of the crap these so-called scientists have been spewing at us about global warming for decades. Repeatable experimentation is the foundaton of science. Show us the data. Describe the data accumulation methods. What were the exeact devices for data accumulation? What were the calibration methods and regularity? How about charts showing the trends and points? How many years of data was accumulated?

    I’m not saying there isn’t a case for global warming or the human factor in it. I’m saying there has not been any consistent proof of such. Science is a belief system that is NOT faith based. Environmentalism has become faith-based. In order to graduate back to a Science, Environmentalism must collect ALL data (and not ignore negative results), diplay all information, so anyone can follow the logic-path, and (most importantly) reserve the conclusions to a more simple basis, and avoid the obvious ‘chicken little’ complex Environmentalism has been (sometimes rightfully) been accused over the last decades.

  2. Ray

    Too bad voters don’t do thier homework before going to the ballot box. If they would give up american idol or survivor or the rest of the garbage on tv and invest some study time them maybe true honest men like Ron Paul could be put in position to benefit the american people and this country. Seems americans have become apathetic brain dead ( mind controlled ) zombies.


  3. Moji

    Even though i disagree with the global warming propoganda, this is just typical of big business/lobbyists and our government….find any means possible to portray events the way you want to maximize revenue and/or raise taxes…vote Ron Paul for office.

  4. Glenn

    The disgusting part in this is that Exxon has been doing this for decades and the corporate media repeats these lies as if they are facts without explaining that these scientists are being paid. It’s been going on for years.

    The corporate media are huge corporations that promote the interests of corporations, “they are not for the people,” as their spin would have us believe. They are more like referee’s in TV Wrestling matches. You know, where the big guy mauls the little guy but somehow the referee never sees it, or only sees it when it’s too late.

    We have to wonder, are they really an outside source or “just part of the show”?

  5. Calico_jack

    In response to Derald McCabe.

    Read the report, it spells out very clearly why it is man-made and NOT a natural part of the cycle of the Earth. If you can’t understand it because it’s too technical, go to graduate school for environmental chemistry, then come back with an opinion about it.

  6. The South Point

    Stop worrying about global warming. The coming nuclear winter will fix that pesky little problem.

  7. george oilwell

    There is growing proof that iran is causing global warming so if we just nuke tehran that should solve every thing.

  8. dale

    Wow- you are all really concerned about “the right” and “the left”. I think most can agree that something needs to change with the global warming issue- maybe we should start at an individual level- try cutting down on our own environmental impact- drive a more fuel efficient vehicle, recycle, or maybe provide a solution to the problem instead of pointing out faults in everyone else.

  9. Ken

    I like how the spokesholes for the Right-Wing, who don’t have a degree in climatology or meteorology are the first ones to jump to defend the Bush Administration.